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tours to South Korea
 Capital Seoul
 GLAVS TRAVEL TOUR PROGRAM (here)
 Location

South Korea is located in East Asia, on the southern half of the Korean Peninsulajutting out from the far east of the Asian land mass. The only country with a land border to South Korea is North Korea, lying to the north with 238 kilometres (148 mi) of border running along the DMZ. South Korea is mostly surrounded by water and has 2,413 kilometres (1,499 mi) of coast line along three seas. To the west is the Yellow Sea, to the south is the East China Sea, and to the east is Ulleung-do and Liancourt Rocks in the Sea of Japan. Geographically, South Korea's land mass is approximately100,03square kilometres (38,623 sq mi).[1] 290 square kilometres (110 sq mi) of South Korea are occupied by water.

Map of South Korea
 Carrency Won KRW$1-1127KRW 100won-$0.09
 Population 50 million
 Local time 14 hours ahead of New York time
 Electrical Voltage

Electricity and Voltage 220 V60 HZ
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 Visa reqierment

USA citizens do not require visas to South Korea.

Visitors from most countries will not require a visa to visit South Korea for a period of less than thirty days. You will need to have an outward ticket and a passport which is valid for a period of no less than six months after your arrival date. It is also worth noting that this is all that is required by countries who do need a visa if they have already been issued with a visa by the US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand or Japanese governments.

 National cuisine

Find out about traditional South Korean cuisine and dishes to be found throughout the country...

South Korea’s cuisine is healthy, varied and spicy and reflects the country’s historical determination to remain independent from surrounding imperial powers. Find out about the food and drinks of the country, local specialities and eating out in restaurants and from street vendors.

Food is a major part of Korean life and food presentation is very important. Traditional dishes are a source of great national pride as they are distinct from Chinese and Japanese food. The country’s cuisine reflects its cultural history, the land and its long struggle to remain independent from the strong imperial powers that surrounded the country through much of its history.

Korean food is renowned for being spicy, flavoursome and very healthy: many meals are rich in vegetables while meat is used sparingly. Seafood is widely eaten with dried cuttlefish being one of the nation’s most popular snack foods. Meat is often grilled on a barbeque and short grain sticky rice is a staple in the Korean diet. Meals are often accompanied by a large number of side dishes. Garlic, soy beans, soy sauce and chillies are heavily used in Korean cooking. Noodles are also an important part of the cuisine and come in a variety of flavours. They are good for a quick meal.

Traditionally, Korean tables are set so that all dishes are served at the same time. The main dish is usually placed in the middle of the table with the many side dishes placed around it. Rice and soup are eaten with a spoon while chopsticks, usually made of metal, are used for everything else. Etiquette dictates that the spoon and chopsticks should not be held together in the same hand.

 

 Weather

Weather
4 seasonsAs all the tourist books will tell you, Korea has four distinct seasons. The summers are very hot and humid, and the winters are cold and dry. The springs and autumns, which finish much too quickly, provide a welcome relief from the extremes of summer and winter.

typhoonThe rainy season (changma) starts in late July and lasts through mid-August and often causes flooding of low areas. Don't go anywhere without an umbrella during this time!
Part of the East Asian Monsoon region, South Korea has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. The movement of air masses from the Asian continent exerts greater influence on South Korea's weather than does air movement from the Pacific Ocean. Winters are usually long, cold, and dry, whereas summers are short, hot, and humid. Spring and autumn are pleasant but short in duration. Seoul's mean temperature in January is −5 to −2.5 °C (23 to 28 °F); in July the mean temperature is about 22.5 to 25 °C (73 to 77 °F). Because of its southern and seagirt location, Jeju Island has warmer and milder weather than other parts of South Korea. Mean temperatures on Jeju range from 2.5 °C (36.5 °F) in January to 25 °C (77 °F)in July.


 

 SOUVENIRS

Seoul is rapidly becoming the "fast fashion" capital of the world. Trends are changing so quickly that a pair of jeans you bought two years ago might be disapprovingly frowned on by the city's fashion elite or even some Dongdaemun shopkeepers. The city is a wonderful place to shop for clothing, especially if you are young and slim.Korean law requires all merchants to accept credit cards. You can even charge your card for an amount as low as 2,000 won at convenience stores. In fact, Korea has a much higher credit card usage rate than almost any other country in the world. This is because Korean residents get a tax refund for credit card usage. So most people use credit cards for nearly 100% of their purchases. Having said that, many merchants (especially Dongdaemun clothing retailers) prefer cash. They will even give you a 5-10% discount if you pay in cash. This is because they do not want to pay the credit card fees and also they might want to underreport their earnings. This does not apply to major department stores like Lotte and Shinsegae. And in Dongdaemun, store owners at the slightly more upscale Doota are not allowed to bargain, so they do not care as much if you pay by credit card (though they can give you a free belt or other accessory if you buy a few items in cash). Merchants at Migliore and A/PM in Dongdaemun, however, highly prefer cash.

Korean shopkeepers have this superstition that if the first customer that walks in doesn't buy anything, then it will be a bad sales day. So they will do whatever they can to sell you something. This also means some pressure though. In the wee hours in Dongdaemun (between 3am and 5am), the shopkeepers are tired and want to sell whatever they can. So going at this time will get you good prices (but some shops are also closed then). It can be fun going shopping late at night - something you just can't do in most other countries.

You can be eligible for a tax refund on purchases of 30,000 won or more at shops that have the "Global Blue TAX FREE” or “GLOBAL TAXFREE” logo. Be sure to get the refund slip from the participating store and declare these goods at Customs at the airport which is located after going into the entrance for Departures (prior to Security and Immigration).

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